Monday, January 17, 2022

January 2022 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine –Indoor Mushroom Kits, Junipers, Northern Cardinals, and much more


The January 2022 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is now posted.

Inside this issue:

·         Magic Mushrooms:  Indoor Grow Kits for Winter Fun

·         Juniper Plant Profile

·         Beware of the Cuban Tree Frog

·         Photo Contest Entry Deadline

·         DC-MD-VA Gardening Events Calendar

·         Attracting Northern Cardinals to Your Garden

·         2022 Garden Trends

·         Seed Exchange 2022
Great Gardening Books Reviewed

·         Managing Thrips in Houseplants

·         Turning a New Leaf with Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council

·         and much more…

Note that any submissions, event listings, and advertisements for the February 2022 issue are due by February 5.

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Monday Thoughts: “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde


“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon who could not be happy?”

– Oscar Wilde

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Seed Exchange 2022 Details

Because of so many potential unknowns around COVID-19, we are hosting just one Washington Gardener Seed Exchange this year. It will be at Brookside Gardens on 2/26/22 (rescheduled from 1/29/22). 

Registration is at:

The Seed Exchange scheduled for 2/5/22 at Green Spring Gardens has been canceled. 

If You Have Seeds to Bring and Swap
Please package them in resealable plastic zipper or wax sandwich baggies. Put an average of 20 seeds per baggy—more for small seeds like lettuce, fewer for large seeds like acorns. Label each baggy with a white sticker (such as Avery standard 5160 address label sheets) giving all the information you have about the seeds. If known, include the plant’s common and scientific names; its soil, sun, and watering needs; and, its origins—where and when you collected the seeds. If you don't know all the information, that is okay; just provide as much as you can.
   Yes, you can bring unused or opened commercial seed packs.

What If You Don't Have Any Seeds to Swap?
Come anyway! Even if you don’t have any seeds to trade, you are welcome to attend. We’ll have plenty of extra seed contributions on hand and many attendees will be there just to learn, network, and prepare for next year’s seed collecting.
Education Program 
Expert speakers from the local gardening community will give short talks on seed collection and propagation tips. There will be ample time for individual Q&A throughout the program with the featured speakers, and invited experts as well. 

Tentative Schedule
(Note: This schedule is subject to change.)
12:00-12:30 Registration check-in
12:30-12:40 Introductions
12:40-1:20 Gardening talk
  1:20-1:55 Gardening talk
  2:00-2:15 Snack break and room reset
  2:15-2:30 Seed Swap preview time
  2:30-3:00 Seed Swap
  3:00-3:30 Photo Contest winners
  3:30-4:00 Door prizes and closing talk

How Do We Swap?
As you check in, staff will collect your seeds and place them at the appropriate seed category tables. 
   You will be assigned a random seed swap number. There will be a short period for attendees to preview all the seeds brought in and available for swapping. You will be called in by your number to pick a seed pack from each of the category tables (if desired).

Held Saturday, February 26, 2022 
from 12:30-4pm
at Brookside Gardens' Visitor Center
1800 Glenallan Ave. Wheaton, MD

Registration is at:

COVID POLICY: We require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination at check-in. Masks must be worn during the entire event and social distancing will be maintained.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 87: Winter Tree Care

In this episode, we talk with Lou Meyer, an arborist with The Davey Tree Expert Company, about winter tree care. The plant profile is on Ginkgo Trees and I share some of the cool things from MANTS 2022.

BTW, YOU can become a listener supporter for as little as $0.99 per month! See how at:

The episode is posted at:

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We welcome your questions and comments! You can leave a voice mail message for us at: Note that we may use these messages on a future episode.

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz


Monday, January 03, 2022

Sunday, January 02, 2022

Discuss "The Well-Gardened Mind" with the Washington Gardener Magazine Garden Book Club

 For our next Garden Book Club selection, we will be reading: 

You can order it new or used at our Amazon link:

"The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the 'real' life that lies outside. But when we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Gardening is one of the quintessential nurturing activities and yet we understand so little about it. The Well-Gardened Mind provides a new perspective on the power of gardening to change people's lives. Here, Sue Stuart-Smith investigates the many ways in which mind and garden can interact and explores how the process of tending a plot can be a way of sustaining an innermost self."

Our Winter 2022 club meeting will be on Thursday, February 24 from 6:30-8pm ET via Zoom. To join us, register here: 

The Washington Gardener Magazine's Garden Book Club meets quarterly via Zoom and is free and open to all. We will announce the details of each upcoming meeting about two months in advance. Please check back on this blog for schedule updates and announcements.

Want to read ahead? The next book club selections are:

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